Except for the two Towers – Eiffel and Montparnasse – the skyline of Paris has been preserved as it was in the 19th century. Buildings are limited to no more than six stories. Wondering why there aren’t any 100+ story office towers in Paris as we see in other major cities, a google search led me to http://www.livablecities.org.
UNESCO argues that probably the biggest reason to promote the “lowrise” skyline of Paris is to keep foreign investment from buying prime property and modernizing the city with a downtown core of block after block of skyscrapers.
I think the area around the Seine River would suffer the most from modernization. Can you imagine strolling along the banks of the Seine and seeing nothing but one skyscraper after another? Don’t you much more enjoy looking at the beautiful architecture of nearby Notre Dame Cathedral or the Eiffel Tower in the distance? These are indelible memories that bring people back time and time again to this gorgeous, romantic city.
Let’s keep Paris in the 19th century.
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